July 13, 2013

NASA - IBEX Provides First View of the Solar System's Tail (Video)

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, recently mapped the boundaries of the solar system's tail, called the heliotail.

By combining observations from the first three years of IBEX imagery, scientists have mapped out a tail that shows a combination of fast and slow moving particles.

The entire structure twisted, because it experiences the pushing and pulling of magnetic fields outside the solar system.

 

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